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Health Tip: A Pet May Improve Your Health

-- Getting a pet can improve not only your emotional outlook but your physical health as well, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC says furry companions have been shown to trigger these health improvements:

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Health Tip: Safety Advice for the Holidays

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 -- The joyous holidays may end up being a nightmare if a child gets hurt during the festivities.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep little ones safe:

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Health Tip: If There's a Wildfire Nearby

-- Smoke from a nearby wildfire threatens anyone, but poses even more of a threat to people with asthma, COPD, heart disease or diabetes, the American Lung Association says.

The group suggests what to do if a wildfire burns near you:

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Health Tip: Hearing Loss May Affect Brain Health

-- About a third of people aged 65 to 74 are affected by hearing loss, as are about half of those 75 and older, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says.

Aside from missing out on spirited conversation, hearing loss can affect the health of your brain, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic

-- The number of overdose deaths from prescription and illegal opioid drugs has more than quadrupled since 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

You can do your part to help reverse the trend by alerting others to the dangers of these drugs, and helping them avoid becoming addicted in the first place, the CDC says.

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Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

-- You've probably heard of "distracted driving," but what about "distracted walking?"

Largely due to the immense popularity of cell phones, pedestrian deaths reached nearly 6,000 in the United States last year, a 9 percent jump over 2015, the National Safety Council says.

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Health Tip: Participating in a Clinical Trial

-- A clinical trial may be just what the doctor ordered for a person who hasn't responded to a standard treatment or is unable to handle its side effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests you should research a clinical trial carefully and ask many questions before you consider participating.

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Health Tip: Cook Your Turkey Safely

-- No one wants the Thanksgiving holiday ruined by a nasty case of food poisoning that stems from the guest of honor -- the turkey.

FoodSafety.gov offers these turkey safe-preparation suggestions:

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